Mom to 5K Week 3: Running Wild
Another week down and we’ve survived, despite that cheeky Doris attempting to scupper our chances. We’re a week closer to panting red-faced over a 5K line somewhere, folks. Yeow! It’s all good!
This week’s guest is Mary Jennings, founder of ForgetTheGym.ie and she’s sharing her advice on choosing the perfect running shoes. Mary trains runners at all levels, from beginners to those running marathons. She is also the creator of The Irish Times’ Get Running programmes and she believes that if you can walk, you can Get Running! She’s probably right, you know.
My Second Week
- My commitment was tested by Storm Doris who had no regard for how hard it is to run with sodden socks while continually blowing drips of water off the tip of your nose and being blinded by a combination of rain and wind-induced tears.
- I spent the duration of my runs on Monday and Wednesday in a panic that I would have to submerge my iPhone in a bag of Uncle Ben’s in the hot-press on my return. Yes, it was THAT wet.
- I had no inclination to run on Friday or Saturday. I drank wine and ate Cadbury’s Creme Eggs instead.
- I left my third run of the week until Sunday which meant that there was a four-day gap. I felt it.
- I can now officially brag about running in adverse weather conditions. In your face, Doris!
- Not only did I obey the app to the second, I ran an additional minute at the end on all three runs this week. In your face, App Voice-over Girl!
- I tried out the Bluetooth headphones I got for my other half for Christmas. It was nice not battling wires and the ear-hooks totally made me look like a running profesh.
- The showers after my encounters with Doris were particularly spectacular – second only to those after childbirth – and gave me a renewed appreciation for the simple things in life.
- Running in insanely wet conditions meant that being splashed by inconsiderate drivers made no difference.
- I found this week easier than last week. I’m aware that this a) sounds cocky and b) will almost certainly not be the case as the weeks progress but for now I feel like I’m winning.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT RUNNING SHOES
with Mary Jennings – forgetthegym.ie
Mary is no stranger to running, with over 45 marathons and ultramarathons as well as many more half-marathons, 10ks and 5ks under her belt. She is a certified ChiRunning instructor and personal trainer and an experienced running coach. She has kindly agreed to share the answers to some of the most common footwear-related questions asked by newbie runners.
1) Where should I shop?
I recommend going to a specialist running shop. Get advice from runners in your area as to where they would recommend. Generally anyone who has such a shop is passionate about running, knows their stuff, sees lots of runners all the time and is qualified to give you the best advice on which shoes work best with your feet and gait.
2) How do I know when I’ve found the right pair?
3) What’s the best brand?
4) How much should I spend?
5) How do I clean my running shoes?
6) When should I replace them?
The lifetime of your runners really depends on your mileage. Each pair of shoes has approx 500 good miles in them, so changing your shoes will depend on how frequently you are running. When your first pair reaches about 250 miles, you could introduce a second pair. Then you always have a pair broken in and a pair for back up.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Here’s what we’re up to next week, folks…
Do stop by the blog or the Facebook page to let us know how your week is going. Moaning is allowed and often welcomed! Have a good week and as Mary might say, GET RUNNING!
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